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Oregon sets cannabis sales mark with $84.5 million in March

Adult-use and medical marijuana stores in Oregon sold $84.5 million in products in March, a record for any month, as the market got a boost from coronavirus-driven purchases. Sales last month were 6.4% higher than the previous record of $79.4 million set in August 2019, Oregon Liquor Control Commission data shows. Year-over-year, Oregon cannabis sales […]

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Denver medical marijuana dispensary loses to IRS in court

A medical cannabis dispensary in Denver lost an appellate court battle to prevent the IRS from obtaining business records from state regulators. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that an IRS auditor did not act in a way that was “overbroad” or “violated the rights” of the four owners of Standing Akimbo, Colorado […]

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Massachusetts gov sued over closure of recreational cannabis stores

A handful of adult-use marijuana businesses on Wednesday sued Massachusetts’ governor, seeking a reversal of his executive order requiring recreational cannabis stores to close during the COVID-19 crisis. The lawsuit calls unconstitutional a decision by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that adult-use marijuana stores are nonessential businesses and must remain closed until May 4. The lawsuit, filed in […]

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Anchorage, Alaska, voters reject on-site cannabis consumption

In a blow to marijuana retailers in Anchorage, Alaska, voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure to permit cannabis consumption on store premises. According to unofficial election results, roughly 64.3% (28,409) of the voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 11, which would have permitted “inhaling or smoking marijuana, in addition to eating marijuana edibles,” in cannabis stores. Only […]

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Marijuana firm Harvest Health discloses litigation over Interurban purchase

Phoenix-based multistate marijuana operator Harvest Health & Recreation is in litigation with Interurban Capital Group, the former owner of the Have a Heart dispensary group that Harvest acquired in March for $85.8 million. Harvest CEO Steve White unveiled that news during his company’s quarterly results call on Tuesday. White said Harvest and Interurban entered the acquisition discussions […]

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Massachusetts marijuana bribery trial delayed because of COVID-19

The trial of a former Massachusetts mayor charged with extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from prospective marijuana businesses has been delayed until September because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trial for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia had been scheduled for May but now will begin Sept. 14, according to legal news service Law360. […]

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Cannabis firm iAnthus defaults on interest payments, probes CEO

Multistate marijuana operator iAnthus, partially blaming the coronavirus, said it is unable to meet interest obligations totaling $4.4 million on $157.5 million in debt. The New York-based company also delayed announcing its quarterly earnings results. “The decline in the overall public equity cannabis markets, coupled with the extraordinary market conditions that began in Q1 2020 […]

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Chart: Coronavirus takes its toll on March adult-use marijuana sales

Recreational marijuana sales in four key markets decelerated in March as the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt both the cannabis industry and the broader U.S. economy. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, recreational cannabis sales in Colorado and Nevada declined from March 2019 to March 2020, the first time that monthly adult-use sales […]

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